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It's a pot potpourri of sorts. Not the best hostel overall, but does enough to make it work! Dec 16, 2015
The more I spent time on Easter Island and the more I heard about other tourists and their experiences, I realised that there were lots of infrastructural issues with the island of which this hostel was a victim of - which is why this review will seem a lot more tempered that it would've been had I written this on the day after arrival.
Location - The hostel is located very close to the airport. It's literally a long street's walk away (not more than 10 minutes without luggage). That said, roads aren't well labelled so I'm sure even if we had our map printouts with us, we'd have had issues finding it (plus, the streets are deserted save for tourists so very few locals to ask around). However, this isn't really a concern because they offer both pickup and drop services. They buddy up with another hotel nearby and pick up passengers from both.
It's again parallel to the main road in Hanga Roa. Again, not the most impressive but as I learnt later, there are very few ho(s)tels on the main street anyway.
Hostel facilities: This would be the one big shortcoming of the hostel. Granted, the poor WiFi isn't their fault. it seems endemic in the entire island. However, whilst I had no issues with the creaky beds and the unpredictable shower (in terms of hot/cold water), I did have issues with the breakfast (they could've provided more than just 2 slices of bread and coffee/tea. How about some protein like eggs?). The next was the poorly stocked kitchen. It was not only small but impossible to find utensils, much less functionally working ones.
Plus, there are loads of chickens that wander around everywhere (careful when sitting on the deck outside, they might poop inside your wine!) and a stray dog that even entered the kitchen when we were cooking causing S to yell!
That said, the hostel by itself has this very nice laidback resort-y feel. There's a deck where you fantastic views of the plantation, and then wonderful exterior sitting areas everywhere. It's a great place to socialise!
Hospitality: This is where the hostel shines. The owner Diego is amazing - very friendly, down to earth and just COOL. He was extremely accommodating when we needed to stay 2 nights extra because of the airport strike.
So overall, whilst I heard some better facilities in other hostels around the island, I wouldn't discard this one with a 1/5 rating. It's average, but nothing to whine about.
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